Sometimes a memorable meal transcends your kitchen tools and cooking techniques. Instead, it’s a celebration that connects you to your friends, family, and culture. That’s what happens when you cook a leg of lamb. It isn’t particularly complicated, but the result is magical. If you appreciate the cut and revere the process, history will carry you along.
Lamb is the centerpiece of celebrations on every continent. And the leg of lamb is the most sought after cut. It’s lean, forgiving, and can take on flavors through marinading, grilling, roasting, or braising. Most importantly, though, its sublimely delicious and it makes enough to share.
I simply scored the fat in a crisscrossed pattern and arranged a handful of garlic cloves in the cuts. After seasoning quite generously with salt and pepper, I placed it in a roasting pan with diced carrots, onions, peppers and tomatoes. About an inch of water and a bouquet garni later and the hard part was done. Cover it tightly with foil, then its into the oven at 300F for five hours or so, checking the liquid level at the halfway point. Then invite friends, family or both, and serve it with white beans and white wine.
But really, you should let your imagination be your guide. It’s not everyday that you find yourself in possession of such beautiful meat (thank you dearly, Kate), so use the opportunity to celebrate and share your life.
Playlist included Rue St. Vincent, par Yves Montand.